Would you know how to help someone near you having a seizure? One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, so it's important to know the signs and how to respond. Here are quick tips for what you should and shouldn't do to help someone.


  • Stay calm.
  • Time the seizure. It becomes extremely dangerous when it lasts longer than 5 minutes. Call 9-1-1 if it does.
  • Keep them safe and away from sharp objects, stairs or furniture. Ease them to the floor.
  • Turn them on their side to help them breathe and keep their airway clear.
  • Put something soft and flat under their head.
  • Remove eyeglasses and loosen anything around the neck.


  • Restrain them. Do not try to stop their movements.
  • Give them food or drink until they are alert.
  • Put anything in their mouth.
  • Put your fingers in their mouth.

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